Inky: Rau Won’t Challenge Shapiro in 2020

After months of speculation, former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa Rau has decided that she will not challenge Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the 2020 Democratic primary, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.  

“I can be really clear with you,” Rau said to the Inquirer last week. “I never envisioned running for attorney general.”

Rau served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for 18 years, starting in 2001 up until her retirement in October 2019

After she announced her plans to retire from the court, Philly Clout first reported in late August that the “chatter in Harrisburg and Southeastern Pennsylvania” was that Rau, wife of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, was considering a primary bid against Shapiro. 

Krasner and Shapiro, both Democrats, have publicly sparred on multiple occasions which helped fuel the fire to Rau possibly entering the race for the statewide office. Philadelphia Magazine’s November profile on Krasner detailed a bit of the feud between the two and said that while Krasner had “no comment” on whether his wife planned to run for the office that he made “no effort to suppress another gleeful smile” about the rumor.

Instead of making a bid for Attorney General, Rau announced on Tuesday that she has started her own mediation and arbitration firm, “Resonate Mediation and Arbitration.” She detailed her plans for the firm with law.com

Shapiro currently does not have a Democratic primary challenger for the office, while one Repubilcan, Heather Heidelbaugh, a former Allegheny County Councilwoman and Pittsburgh-area attorney, formally announced her bid for the office in late November.

December 4th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Inky: Rau Won’t Challenge Shapiro in 2020”

  1. Zakrey Bissell says:

    maybe she is considering running for the Attorney General post in 2024 and that is when for Josh Shapiro the Incumbent is Term Limited from that office.

  2. David Diano says:

    Shapiro should have to promise as a pre-condition that if elected he will serve out his full term and NOT run for Governor (or Senate) in 2022. He should have to put up a bond (like the value of his house) as a guarantee.

    When he ran for reelection as commissioner, he out-and-out lied publicly that he wasn’t seeking another office, or wouldn’t answer direct question (meanwhile, he was supposedly privately telling donors that he was going to run for AG). About a week after he was sworn in again as Montco commissioner, he announced his AG run.

    If a candidate can’t give a straight-forward and honest answer about finishing the term they being elected for, then they shouldn’t get the job.

  3. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    So then Larry Krasner wanted to send his wife to fight his battle with Josh Shapiro? LOL

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